Baseball Plays at Coppin State on Wednesday
April 9, 2013
The Navy baseball team will conclude its season series with Coppin State this Wednesday when the two teams meet at Joe Cannon Stadium in Hanover at 3 p.m. The Eagles enter the game at 9-19 on the season, while Navy is 17-16.
Midweek Quick Hitters
Junior Kash Manzelli has been one of the conference's best hitters this season as he currently ranks first in the Patriot League in hits (42), third in batting average (.362) and fourth in runs scored (25) ... The first baseman has reached base in 11 consecutive games and had at least one hit in all four games against Bucknell last weekend.
Greg Dupell leads the conference in both RBIs, with 26, and total bases, at 65 ... The senior is tied for the league lead in doubles with 12, which also ranks him 28th in the nation.
Despite not pitching the past two weekends, Ben Nelson continues to lead the conference in ERA (1.30), opposing batting average (.203), strikeouts (45) and wins (five) ... His strikeout-to-walk ratio of 11.25 ranks sixth in the nation and his walks allowed per nine innings average of 0.86 is 15th best in the country.
The Navy pitching staff continues to lead the Patriot League in both ERA (4.21) and opponent batting average (.260).
Sophomore pitcher Stephen Moore has just four walks in 33.2 innings pitched this season, ranking him 32nd in the country in walks allowed per nine innings ... His strikeout-to-walk ratio of 7.25 is 23rd best in the nation.
Senior Dave Milanes has failed to reach base just once over Navy's past 16 games, in which the Mids have gone 11-5 ... With hits in 13 of the last 16 games, Milanes has a batting average of .359 over the span.
Navy is now 7-2 in one-run games this season ... The Mids are 11-4 when the pitching staff issues two or fewer walks ... Navy has 11 come-from-behind wins this season and has trailed in the fourth inning or later in six of those 11 victories.
About Coppin State
The Eagles are 6-6 in MEAC play and are coming off a three-game sweep of UMES this past weekend ... Coppin State is hitting .238 as a team, led by junior outfielder Chris Kashangaki's .327 average ... Kashangaki leads the team in hits with 32, while sophomore infielder's David Hamlett's 15 RBIs are a team high ... Opponents are hitting .283 against the Eagles and the pitching staff currently sports an ERA of 5.77 ... Defensively, the team has a .951 fielding percentage.
Navy will travel to first-place Holy Cross for its third Patriot League series of the season this weekend. The two teams will play a doubleheader at 3 p.m. on Saturday and at noon on Sunday.